Study for La Musique
In the last years of her life, the Impressionist painter Berthe Morisot began to devote her art almost entirely to depictions of her daughter, Julie. Here, Julie is seen coming into a room where her cousin Jeanine plays the piano. This drawing, in which the two figures are fully realized in a complex space in broad, economical strokes of charcoal, is related to several paintings the artist made of the two girls playing music together. Morisot experiments with Julie’s head in two positions—facing her cousin and looking down—suggesting a moment unfolding in time.
Titus Kaphar: The world that was given to many of the women in that time was small. The spaces in which they could participate were limited. The compositions that they made reflected those limitations.
Charcoal on laid paper
17 5/16 × 16 1/16 in. (44 × 40.8 cm)
frame: 29 1/8 × 23 × 1 7/8 in. (74 × 58.4 × 4.8 cm) (show scale)
Stamped lower right; sketch in charcoal of the profile of a woman on the verso (similar to the seated woman on the recto)
Gift of Mrs. Carl L. Selden
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Berthe Morisot (French, 1841-1895). Study for La Musique, 1893. Charcoal on laid paper, 17 5/16 × 16 1/16 in. (44 × 40.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Carl L. Selden, 1991.160 (Photo: , 1991.160_PS9.jpg)
overall, 1991.160_PS9.jpg., 2019
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